September 2000 The National Cooperative Business Association and Poptel, with the support of the International Co-operative Alliance, appled to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for approval of the .coop domain and authority to sponsor the domain and offer registry services.
.Coop received more support on ICANN's online public comment forum than any other proposed TLD. November 2000 ICANN approved .coop, along with six other new top-level domains, to join .com, .org and .net on the Internet.
May 2001 NCBA formed its subsidiary dotCoop to operate the domain. Poptel continued with the technical registry build.
July 2001 In order to test and refine the registry system, dotCoop began offering limited advance name reservation services to co-operatives that belong to .Coop Founders and other co-operative organizations. Founders are co-operative organizations that supported the development of the .coop domain.
The National Cooperative Business Association
The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (US)
The National Cooperative Bank (US)
The Co-operative Union (UK)
National Dairy Development Board (India)
Liga de Cooperativas de Puerto Rico
November 2001 ICANN and dotCoop finalized the contract allowing dotCoop to operate the new domain. December
December 2001 U.S. Department of Commerce approved the ICANN/dotCoop contract. IANA recommended entry of .coop into the Internet's root server.
January 2002 .Coop went live on the Internet on January 9. dotCoop CEO and President Paul Hazen sent the first-ever e -mail from a .coop Internet address to co-operatives worldwide. Registration opened to all cooperatives worldwide on January 30.
National Cooperative Business Association
1401 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
+1 202 638 6222
Founded in 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is a national cross-industry membership and trade association representing co-operatives in the U.S. Its mission is to develop, advance and protect co-operative enterprise.
NCBA's membership includes co-operative businesses in all industries, as well as associations of co-operatives. Together with its members, NCBA represents the majority of the 48,000 U.S. co-ops and their 120 million members.
NCBA represents co-operatives before the U.S. Congress and the federal agencies and promotes and supports co-operatives in the U.S. and overseas through training, technical assistance and programs. NCBA's international development program is funded at over $18 million annually and operates in 15 countries.
dotCoop, NCBA's wholly owned subsidiary, is the sponsor of the .coop domain.
International Co-operative Alliance
15, route des Morillons
1218 Le Gran Saconnex
+41 22 929 8888
Founded in 1895, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental association that unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. ICA helps to build strong, viable cooperatives in developing countries by acting as a coordinator and catalyst of co-operative development.
Its more than 250 members from 100 countries are national and international co-operative organizations in all industries that represent more than 730 million individuals worldwide. ICA holds the highest level of consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
ICA provides provides global marketing and outreach for the .coop domain and serves on the dotCoop board.
Manchester Science Park
+44 0845 052 2000
Incorporated in 1986, Poptel is the United Kingdom's leading co-operative Internet services and solutions provider. As a worker co-operative, Poptel is majority-owned by its employees.
With a commitment to social enterprise, Poptel has been on the forefront of the Internet revolution. With clients mainly in the public, voluntary, ethical and membership sectors, Poptel provides organizations with innovative Internet solutions to help customers meet their social and business goals.
Poptel provides technical registry services for .coop and serves on the dotCoop board.